Sunday, December 31, 2017

Life With Benny: 9 Months

9 months flew by in the blink of an eye! Every day is a new adventure I cannot wait to have...sweet boy you have changed our world forever <3


Not much has changed in this department. We switched over to the 3s earlier than we needed to and they were really big on him at first and while he is still wearing 3s they are definitely getting a little snug. We got a little off on the timing with our Amazon subscription so we ended up having to buy a small pack of the Target Brand (Up and Up) and we have been really happy thus far. They are a little cheaper so we may make the switch permanently.


He is officially in 9 month clothing and his his 6-12 mo sizes from the Gap and Old Navy are less on the baggy side and fitting better. I put away all of his 6 mo outfits and was sad to see some of my favorite outfits go...luckily he got TONS of cute new clothes for Christmas.


He is still a big fan of food. We do a combo of purees and bits and pieces of whatever we are eating for dinner. Raviolis, spaghetti, yogurt, and carrots are some of his favorites.

He is still nursing morning, evening, and before bed and taking 3 pumped bottles of breast milk (5-6oz) at daycare.


Sleep has been a little less consistent this month with more middle of the night wake-ups and extra early mornings. It's far better than it was in the early days...but this mama got used to sleeping through the night so the days he wakes up in the middle of the night or early in the morning I am a walking zombie!

He also got croup again this month and we spent the night at Children's Mercy getting breathing treatments and being monitored. The next night was spent sleeping upright in the chair with mamma, and thus started a string of rough nights. He was up 2-3 times per night crying, and needing to be rocked or nursed back to sleep. It was a gentle reminder of how rough those first few months were.

-He is still quite the mover in his sleep and rolls to his stomach almost immediately after I put him down. I still panic a little when I wake up in the middle of the night and look at the monitor and see him face down.

-Naps have been kind of a mess this month. He struggles to fall asleep on his own (without being rocked) and has been having trouble staying asleep after I put him down. Sometimes for his evening naps I just hold him and read my book. I know it's a bad habit, but after being away from him all day I love the extra snuggles.


-He now claps his hands whenever we say "Yay" and he gets a big grin on his face because he is so proud ;) 

-He is trying to wave, but the coordination piece still isn't there ;)
-He isn't crawling yet, but he isn't far off. He has started leaning forward while sitting and getting on his hands and knees and rocking back and forth.
-While he isn't crawling he is rolling around like a crazy man. We can't leave the room anymore because he is into everything...I know it will only get worse when he starts crawling!

-He said "ma-ma" once this month and it was after a long couple of days so it was definitely music to my ears! Now if I could only get him to say it consistently!
-He has started to dance and bop around to music...he definitely gets his dance moves from his dad ;)

-He is definitely responding to his name these days. We weren't sure before because he would look at us when we would say his name, but we weren't sure if it was just because he heard our voices or if he was responding to his name. Now he will turn his head when we say Benny or Bennett and get a smile on his face.

-We got to spend our first winter break together...and while his being sick was a bit of a bummer we still enjoyed our lazy days and extra snuggles!

-He met Santa Clause and very intrigued! No tears...this year ;)

-He got to attend his first "Christmas Lights Extravaganza" and this year we stuck with Deanna Rose, since he wouldn't be able to enjoy driving around the neighborhoods. I wasn't sure he would even care too much about the lights, but turns out he was a BIG fan! He was bouncing around dancing and laughing through the whole thing. It was seriously the BEST!!

 -We went to Union Station to look at the Christmas Lights and see the trains with Brandon, Caitie, and the girls. Benny didn't last long (bedtime comes early) but he had a blast and loved looking at all the lights and decorations.


-He still only has eyes for Gracie. He loves watching her play fetch and he will clap and yell when she least someone enjoys that shrill sound! He has also started to throw the ball for her...he doesn't throw it far enough for her liking, but we are getting him trained early :)

-Food...this kid loves any and all food. He especially likes to feed himself.

-Book still top his list of favorites. Even with all his new Christmas toys he gravitates toward his books every time. His favorite is Jimmy Fallon's "Da Da" go figure ;)

-He is a big fan of his Aunt Caitie and cousin Finley...he can't keep his eyes of either one of them and he gets very excited when he hears his Aunt Caitie's voice. This month he got to spend a little extra time at their house too. Finley "baby sat" for us when we went out for AJ's birthday dinner and on the half-day of school before winter break. He was in heaven!

-He love, love, love his new tool bench (so do we) and his VTech walker...and well pretty much anything that lights up or plays music.


-He is still so happy go lucky, and even with battling a nasty bout of croup and a cold that wouldn't quit through the holidays he managed to be pretty happy. He was definitely a little more clingy and didn't sleep much, but considering how terrible he felt it only makes sense.

-Falling asleep became a battle this month. After being sick last month and getting sick again this month we got into a pretty bad habit of nursing or rocking him to sleep...we are slowly working on getting back to our norm #WishUsLuck

This month was definitely a tough one (especially toward the end) and we are hoping for more sleep and less illness in the coming months! However, despite being sick our little man was quite the trooper. He was still mostly smiles, giggles, and fun!
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Life Lately: Fall

Fall has always been my favorite season...and this fall did not disappoint!

We spent some time with our favorite cousins <3


Benny got to experience Old Settlers for the first time.

He finally got to wear his new Ohio State onsies from our trip to Ohio.

We built a blanket fort

Cheered on our Chiefs!

 Had a nasty bout of croup...

 And got to enjoy his first sick day home with mama

Went on a lunch/shopping date with our besties...are seriously, these boys were perfectly behaved!

We spent an afternoon at the KC Pumpkin Patch

Had our 6 month check up! #HOW #TimeSlowDown

And took 6 mo photos (more like 7...but who is counting?) 

Enjoyed the beautiful fall weather at the park with Finley and Norah...seriously, we LOVE living so close!

 Enjoyed walks around the neighborhood

Watched football and futbol with Uncle Brian

Got a new swing for the play-set in our's safe to say, he LOVES it!

 We celebrated our best buddies birthday at Gardner's Boo Bash. It was super cold and windy so we didn't stay long, but we managed to have fun!

We got dressed up for John and Kelly's rehearsal brunch...and we went to the wedding (sans baby) later that night, and failed to take any photos.

We carved pumpkins with the family

Took some fall family photos

I ran my first postpartum marathon...

and spectating sure wore this guy out!

We had a celebratory dinner at Twin Peaks #MomOfTheYear

Watched a couple of heartbreaker Chiefs games...their faces say it all.

Got another stupid cold, and got LOTS of snuggles from mommy

Had Thanksgiving breakfast at IHOP with Uncle Brian

Stuffed ourselves silly at Thanskgiving dinner at Grammy and Papa's

It was an exceptionally good fall season! Not sure we are quite ready for the cold of winter, but even snow and ice can't dull the excitement of the holidays!